BSc (Honours in Chemistry), St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
PhD in Chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
My research interests primarily lie in the fields of catalysis and green chemistry. My current research focuses on improving the environmental sustainability and efficiency of industrial chemical processes through asymmetric catalyst immobilization and continuous-flow.
Selected Publications and Patents:
I have taught a variety of chemistry courses to date including general chemistry, introductory and advanced inorganic chemistry, introductory and advanced organic chemistry and organic spectroscopy.
The courses that I currently teach are:
June 2017: A big welcome to international intern Banruo (Francis) Li! Francis will be working with Marina on catalytic MOF synthesis over the summer months
May 2017: A big welcome to international intern Marina Schmidt-Thome! Marina will be working on catalytic MOF synthesis over the summer months.
This course serves as an introduction to the chemical processes responsible for natural environmental phenomena and anthropogenic environmental sampling, climate change, pollution, waste management, fossil fuels and alternative energy technologies, toxic organic compounds and the principles of green chemistry. Prerequisites: AUCHE 212, third year standing, AUCHE 220 recommended.Winter Term 2023
An extension of AUCHE 350 and an introduction to catalysis. Topics include: Common organometallic ligand systems, organometallic reactions and related mechanisms, homogenous, heterogeneous and asymmetric catalysis, catalyst synthesis and design, flow chemistry and industrial catalytic applications. Prerequisite: AUCHE 350.Winter Term 2023
This course is a guided-inquiry laboratory course that is focused on the development of modern organic and inorganic synthetic skills and techniques. Students will gain hands-on experience in researching, developing and implementing synthetic methodologies and analyzing experimental results. In addition, student will strengthen their communication skills through oral and written assignments. Prerequisites: AUCHE 351. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUCHE 353 and AUCHE 360 (2021).Winter Term 2023
A research project on a specific topic in chemistry to be determined jointly by the student and professor. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Notes: Admission to AUCHE 390 normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Chemistry. An Application for Individual Study must be completed and approved before registration in the course.Fall Term 2021